The Patriots have released Washington.
The veteran was unable to show enough this summer to land a spot on the Patriots' 53-man roster, with the move probably representing good news for fellow wideout Keshawn Martin, in terms of his chances of sticking with the team. Meanwhile, Aaron Dobson, Chris Harper, DeAndre Carter and Devin Lucien are also in the mix for depth WR slotting.
Washington had a strong practice Sunday, the Boston Herald reports.
NESN.com described the effort as Washington's "best practice of camp," with the wideout making five catches during team drills Sunday. After missing practice time earlier this month, Washington suited up for the Patriots' preseason opener this past Thursday, but did not have a ball thrown in his direction. Washington is battling the likes of Aaron Dobson, Keshawn Martin, DeAndre Carter, Chris Harper and Devin Lucien for depth slotting on the Patriots' wideout depth chart, with Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, Chris Hogan and Malcolm Mitchell widely considered roster locks.
Washington could be on the Patriots' roster bubble.
At this stage, health permitting, Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, Chris Hogan and Malcolm Mitchell top the Patriots' wideout depth chart, with Washington slated to battle for depth slotting with Keshawn Martin, Aaron Dobson and Chris Harper. Whether the quartet ends up battling for just one spot (or more) depends on the team's injury situation, but for now, Washington has yet to gain much traction in the competition after reportedly seeming to struggle to get on the same page as QB Tom Brady during OTAs and minicamp. When he's on, Washington still has the ability to serve as a deep threat, but the veteran wideout will need to impress in training camp to land a roster spot with New England.
The Patriots have signed Washington.
Washington figures to transition well to the Patriots' offense, having played this past season with the Texans, who are coached by former New England offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien. The 6-foot-1, 183-pound wideout, who turns 33 in August, can still present a downfield option at this stage of his career, and with the Patriots looking for an added outside presence at the position, Washington could be a solid complement to the likes of Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola and fellow newcomer Chris Hogan. Washington is coming off a 2015 campaign in which he recorded 47 catches for 658 yards and four TDs with the Texans over 14 games.
Washington visited the Patriots on Monday, WEEI.com reports.
The 32-year-old wideout can still present a downfield option at this stage of his career, and with the Patriots looking for a little depth at the position, he could be a solid fit, at the right price. Washington is coming off a 2015 campaign in which he recorded 47 catches for 658 yards and four TDs with the Texans.
Washington caught one of six targets for three yards in Saturday's playoff loss to the Chiefs.
Washington, like every ball catcher, was hampered by the poor play of quarterback Brian Hoyer in the 30-0 loss to Kansas City. He finished the regular season second on the team in receptions (47), targets (94) and yards (658), though he was rarely a difference maker. He'll be an unrestricted free agent in March and could re-sign with Houston, but with several holes to fill, the Texans won't be focused on the wideout position.
Washington (hip) is listed as active Saturday against the Chiefs.
After injuring his hip in the season finale, Washington logged just two limited practices this week, but the ailment won't stop him from taking part in the do-or-die matchup. He didn't exactly end the season on a high note, failing to surpass 50 yards in each of the last eight games, which doesn't bode well against Kansas City's ninth-ranked pass defense.
Washington (hip) is considered probable for Saturday's playoff game versus the Chiefs, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Washington tweaked his hip during Sunday's regular season finale against the Jaguars, but he's still expected to suit up for this weekend's postseason tilt, providing a veteran target opposite star wideout DeAndre Hopkins.
Washington (hip) returned to a limited practice Thursday.
Washington sat out practice Wednesday, but his return to work Thursday -- albeit in a limited capacity -- bodes well for the wideout's chances of suiting up for Saturday's playoff opener against the Chiefs.
Washington (hip) did not practice Wednesday.
The Texans' injury report in advance of Saturday's game against the the Chiefs is rather lengthy, but as one of just two Houston players who was listed as a non-participant at practice Wednesday, Washington's status for the team's playoff opener is worth monitoring.
Coach Bill O'Brien relayed Monday that Washington is "day-to-day" with a hip issue that he sustained in Sunday's win over the Jaguars.
More on that front should be known once the Texans return to practice on Wednesday, but as the team's playoff contest against the Chiefs on Saturday approaches, the status of both Washington and fellow wideout Cecil Shorts (hamstring) merit tracking.
Washington caught one of three targets for six yards in Sunday's 30-6 win over the Jaguars.
Washington's best moments have occurred in games where Cecil Shorts has been sidelined -- all four of his touchdowns have happened in games Shorts has missed -- so it's a bit surprising how little Washington was targeted Sunday when Shorts (groin) was not available. Rookie Jaelen Strong (six catches, 56 yards) finished second behind DeAndre Hopkins in the receiving game. Still, the veteran Washington will bring a needed element when the playoffs open next week at home against the Chiefs.
Washington corralled 3-of-5 targets for 42 yards and a touchdown Sunday in Tennessee.
The former Titan burned his former team with a 13-yard score in the third quarter, showing a decent rapport with new starting quarterback Brandon Weeden in a 34-6 blowout victory. While he clearly sits behind DeAndre Hopkins in the Texans' pecking order at wide receiver, Washington should get some looks against a porous Jaguars secondary as the Texans look to clinch a playoff berth next week.
Washington caught three of six targets for 18 yards in Sunday's 16-10 win over Indianapolis.
Washington became the unquestioned number two option when Cecil Shorts left the game with a groin injury. While that didn't translate into a big game Sunday, Washington's been at his most productive when Shorts has been out of the lineup, something that could be the case in Week 16 against the Titans.
Washington had one catch on four targets for 49 yards in Sunday's loss to the Patriots.
Houston quarterback Brian Hoyer targeted a few deep balls for Washington, who had a couple in his hands before getting knocked out of his grasp by cornerback Malclom Butler.
Washington caught six of 11 targets for 44 yards in Sunday's 30-21 loss to the Bills.
Washington is averaging just 33 yards per game since Cecil Shorts re-entered the active lineup four games ago.
Washington caught three passes off four targets for 43 total yards in Sunday's win over New Orleans.
With Cecil Shorts out of the lineup in Week 7 and Week 8, Washington caught a combined 13 passes for 201 yards and three touchdowns. He has caught eight passes for 88 yards and no scores in his three games since. DeAndre Hopkins has more than twice as many targets, catches, yards and touchdowns than any other Houston receiver this season. Washington is now fighting with Shorts over Hopkins' scraps.
Washington (hip) caught two of six targets for 13 yards in Sunday's win over the Jets.
Washington had a two-week run in which caught 13 balls, three touchdowns and gained over 200 yards, but has been limited to four catches for 45 yards the last two weeks. It should be noted that Washington's lean weeks coincided with Cecil Shorts returning to action. As Houston's quarterbacks have a full complement of wideout targets, Washington's output has been reduced.
Washington (hip) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Jets.
Washington is out there it you need him Sunday, though with Cecil Shorts in the mix as well, and T.J. Yates starting at QB for the Texans, Washington looks like a hit or-miss Week 11 play, even if No. 1 wideout DeAndre Hopkins draws the attention of top cornerback Darrelle Revis.
Washington is listed as probable for Week 11 against the Jets.
Washington was a full participant at Friday's practice and will be ready to go Sunday when backup quarterback T.J. Yates will start for the Texans.